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Academic Misconduct
at the University of Oregon

In the Code:

OAR571-021-00105: Definitions

(1)  “Academic Misconduct” means the violation of university policies involving academic integrity.  Examples include, but are not limited to:   
    (a)  Intentional tampering with grades, resubmitting assignments for more than one class without the permission of the professor; and 
    (b)  Intentionally taking part in obtaining or distributing any part of a test that has not been administered; 
    (c) Cheating, as defined in OAR571-021-0105(3); 
    (d) Plagiarism, as defined in OAR571-021-0105(26); 
    (e) Knowing furnishing false information to a University Official; and 
    (f) Fabrication, as defined in OAR571-021-0105(14). 

(3)  “Cheating” means any act of deception by which a student misrepresents or misleadingly demonstrates that he or she has mastered information on an academic exercise that he or she has not mastered.  Examples include but are not limited to:  
    (a) Giving or receiving unauthorized help in an academic exercise;  
    (b) Use of sources or resources beyond those authorized by the instructor in writing papers, preparing reports, solving problems, or carrying out other assignments; 
    (c) Acquisition, without permission, of tests or other academic material belonging to a member of the University faculty or staff; and 
    (d) Engaging in any behavior specifically prohibited by a faculty member in the course syllabus or class discussion.

(14)  “Fabrication” means the intentional use of information that the author has invented when he or she states or implies otherwise, or the falsification of research or other findings with the intent to deceive.

(26)  “Plagiarism” means using the ideas or writings of another as one’s own.  It includes, but is not limited to: 
    (a)  The use, by paraphrase or direct quotation, of the published or unpublished work of another person without full and clear acknowledgement; and 
    (b)  The unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling of term papers or other academic materials. 

 

OAR571-021-0215: Academic Misconduct Procedures

(1) Notice. Upon the discovery of suspected Academic Misconduct, as defined in OAR571-021-0100(1), the University Official with responsibility for the academic matter or the faculty member in whose course the incident occurred shall promptly notify the Student of the incident. This notice shall include a discussion of the option of having the case referred directly to the Director of Student Conduct and Community Standards.

(2) If a Student admits to Academic Misconduct in a course, the faculty member shall impose an appropriate academic sanction up to and including a grade of "N" or "F" and report the incident to the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards. Written notice of the sanction or resolution without sanction shall be given the Student. If, in the judgment of the faculty member, further disciplinary action is warranted, the report to the Director of Student Conduct and Community Standards shall so indicate. The Student may appeal the academic sanction to the faculty member’s department head and, ultimately, to the dean of the college or school in which the incident originated. 

(3) If a Student admits to Academic Misconduct in a situation other than a course, the responsible University Official may determine and implement an appropriate response and report the incident to the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards. Written notice of the sanction or resolution without sanction shall be given the Student. If, in the judgment of the University Official, further disciplinary action is warranted, the report to the Director of Student Conduct and Community Standards shall so indicate. The Student may appeal the academic sanction to the University Official’s department head or director.

(4) If a faculty member or University Official and a Student cannot agree as to whether Academic Misconduct has occurred, the University Official or faculty member will, not later than fourteen calendar days during which the University is in session after the date the faculty member or University Official notifies the Student, make a written referral of the case to the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards for resolution.  The case will then be conducted in accordance with the procedures established in this Code. 
    (a) If there is a finding that the Student engaged in Academic Misconduct in a class, in addition to sanctions imposed through the regular student conduct procedures, the faculty member will assign an appropriate grade. 
    (b) If there is a finding that the Student did not engage in Academic Misconduct, no academic sanction may be imposed.

(5) Reporting Academic Misconduct.  Regardless of the method of resolution, University Officials, including faculty members are required to file a written report of any Academic Misconduct with the Director of Student Conduct and Community Standards. These reports shall be treated as confidential and maintained consistent with the Student Records Policy, OAR571-020-0100 et seq.

(6) Withdrawing from a Course.   
    (a) If a Student’s Academic Misconduct in a course results in an academic sanction, the student will not be permitted to drop or withdraw from the course, or to change the course's grading option, and shall be reinstated in the course in if they have dropped or withdrawn.   
    (b) If a Student’s Academic Misconduct does not result in an academic sanction, the Student may withdraw from the course or change the course's grading option at the later of:   
        (A) Expiration of the withdrawal deadline for the course; 
        (B) Expiration of the deadline for changing grade options; or 
        (C) Five business days after the student receives notification of the decision or termination of Student Conduct Code proceedings without sanction.  
    (c)In the event the Student is found not responsible for Academic Misconduct and the Student no longer feels comfortable returning to the class, the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards will assist the student to attempt to remove the “w” from the transcript.